This Week at Ogden
January 7th, 2019

Dear Ogden Families & Community,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all! It is my hope that you had a wonderful winter break with your families. I took some time off the first week of break, but I am excited to be back at school and to start the new year with some new goals. I always take the opportunity that the new year brings to reflect and set goals for the future. I have been reflecting and thinking a lot over break about expanding and strengthening opportunities to bring the three campuses together under One Ogden for students, teachers, and parents. I will be sharing more in the coming weeks about some of my ideas and I welcome any ideas or suggestions that you have, as well.

Thank you to the parents and families that attended my information session before break about the plan for the Jenner campus. If you were not able to join, you can view the summary of the action plan here. It is a living document and plan that will evolve over time. I will keep the Ogden community updated on the progress of the action items over time.

I will be hosting a meet & greet at Ogden east on Thursday, January 10th in the morning at 8:45-9:45 and in the evening from 5:00-6:00 in the cafeteria. This will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and to hear more about you and your child's experience with Ogden. I look forward to seeing you then!

You should have received an email and letter (linked here) over winter break from the Chief Education Officer, LaTanya McDade regarding a potential data breach of your student's data and teacher evaluation data. If you didn't receive, you will be receiving a paper copy in the mail.  While this situation is still under review and investigation, I can share with you what I do know:

1. The teacher and faculty representatives of the Local School Council (LSC) have unequivocally stated that private student data was not shared, nor did they see any teacher evaluation data. They reviewed what was in the folder when it was originally shared and those files were not included in there. I have not had the opportunity to speak with all council members, but the ones that I have spoken to have stated the same thing to me. 

2. I also would like to share with you is that this matter was been turned over to the Office of Inspector General for further investigation and review to better understand the full scope of this situation. A member of the LSC has requested a full forensic investigation of the google folder.

Student privacy is something that I take seriously and something that the district takes seriously. I will be re-sharing the acceptable use policy and the protecting student privacy information with all faculty members as part of my weekly memo. All CPS staff members are held accountable to these policies and are required to know them. 

If you have any specific questions about your child's information or data, please route them to the email address provided in the letter at 

Staffing Updates 
As you may know, hiring a Director of Culture & Climate at the Jenner campus has been a top priority for me. I am happy to announce that Mr. John Robinson has joined the Ogden faculty as the Director of Culture & Climate for the Jenner Campus. Mr. Robinson comes with a wealth of experience and is coming from Austin College & Career Academy, where he was the Dean/Operations Manager. Mr. Robinson has a plethora of experiences in building systems and structures and will be instrumental in supporting the on-going culture work at Jenner campus. If you are interested in knowing a little more about Mr. Robinson, you can find his bio here. I will host a meeting in the next couple of weeks for you to meet Mr. Robinson, please stay tuned for more details. In the mean time, if you need to reach out to Mr. Robinson, his email is

I have also been working with the district around requesting additional resources to support Ogden and to support the merger. I have asked for funding for a 4th Assistant Principal position, which the district has granted my request. I believe that there is work to be done to support the academic and social-emotional needs of all students; and it is my vision that all students experience success at school. The 4th AP will primarily support the Jenner campus, which will allow for me to spend more time at all three Ogden campuses to lead and support the instructional vision. The person in this position will work in tandem with Mrs. Ford around the day to day operations, instructional leadership, and culture & climate leadership for the Jenner campus. I will be engaging a team of teachers, students, and parents to be a part of the interview and selection process. 

In partnership,
Rebecca Bancroft

Please scroll down for important information for each Campus.
East Campus:

Happy New Year! School is back in session tomorrow! We are excited to get back to teaching & learning! There are just a few short weeks left in the 2nd quarter, so we'll need to make the most of our time learning each and every day. Thank you for your continued support. Cheers to 2019 being the best it can be for each and everyone one of our students!

January 2019 Calendar
  • January 7 -- Return from Winter Break & PTA Meeting @ 9am
  • January 7 - January 25 -- Middle of the Year testing continues
  • January 10 -- East Campus Coffee Talk with Bancroft & Kranz @ 8:45am & 5pm
  • January 15 -- Talent Show Auditions, 3:30-5:00pm
  • January 21 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School
  • January 22 -- LSC Meeting @ 6pm, West Campus
  • January 25 -- Talent Show @ 3:45-4:45pm
  • January 31 -- End of 2nd Quarter
  • February 1  -- No School for students/School Improvement day
Helpful Information:
  • CPS calendar HERE
  • Reason for Absence Note HERE
  • Behavior expectations HERE
PTA Update:
  • January monthly meeting is tomorrow, January 7, 2019 @ 9am in the cafeteria
  • Calling All Performing Artists for the Ogden International 2nd-4th Grade Talent Show: Acts may include but are not limited to dancing, singing, playing an instrument, acting, poetry, comedy, magic, etc. More information can be found HERE. Don't forget, auditions are on January 15th.
3rd Annual International Night: We are excited to announce that Ogden International's third International Night will take place on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m.  Last year’s event was a huge success with more than 400 attendees and 30 Consulates from around the world represented. The event will need many volunteers for it to be a success, so please become involved! Our first meeting will be held on January 23 @ 9am. Email if you'd like to be part of the planning committee. 
Attendance Matters
A missed day of school is a missed day of learning! 
Jenner Campus: 

Happy New Year! It is my hope that all families, students, and staff had an opportunity to rest, reconnect and rejuvenate during the winter break! 

January Calendar
  • Important Dates to Remember
    • January 7- Return from Winter Break
    • January 8  - “Kupcakes with Kishasha” - Monthly Dialogue with the Head of Campus - 7:45 am and 5:00 pm - (NOTE: NEW DAY)
    • January 21- Dr. Martin Luther King Day  ( No School)
    • January 22- Local School Council Meeting - 6:00 pm at West Campus ( 1250 West Erie)
    • January 31- End of 2nd Quarter
    • February 1- School Improvement Day ( No School for Students)
    January 16- Eight Grade Cap and Gown Measurements Taken
    January 24-  Parent Meeting - Eight Grade Expectations Meeting at 5:00 pm

  • Reminders for Parents/Caregivers and Students:
    • Seeking volunteers:
      • Level 2 Volunteer status is required at a minimum to volunteer. Information about obtaining Level 2 Volunteer status can be found HERE.
        • We need volunteers for the following:
          • Shuttle Ambassadors - AM 7:45 am - 8:45am AND  PM 3:00pm- 3:50pm
          • Robotics Club (Mon-Thurs) - 4:00pm- 5:30pm
          • Recess/Lunchroom  Monitors - 11:45pm - 1:50pm
        • Please reach out to Mrs. Ford if you can assist
    • Important links:
West Campus:
Happy New Year to the entire Ogden International community. We hope you had a rejuvenating break and are ready to return to school. With just three weeks before Semester 1 Final Exams, we need your help to ensure students are present and prepared for learning and on time everyday. We encourage you to sign up on Parent Portal and talk to your child about  making up criteria or standards in their classes before the semester ends to prepare for the semester final. Our expectation is that all students are on track to graduate at the semester. A student is considered on track if he or she has accumulated five full credits (ten semester credits) and has no more than one semester F in a core subject (English, Math, Science or Social Science).
  • Reminders for Parents/Caregivers and Students:
    • Semester 1 finals will take place on Monday January 28th to Wednesday January 30th. Finals account for 10% of students semester grade so please be in communication with your child and their teachers to inquire how to prepare for these assessments. 
    • There are many SAT Prep Opportunities at Ogden HS, read more HERE.
    • Attendance is absolutely critical to your child's success in high school. If your child falls below 94% attendance they cannot participate in sports, clubs, dances, or other school activities.
    • HERE is a list of clubs and activities that are offered at Ogden International High School. The library is also open everyday after school from 3:30-4:30PM Monday-Thursday as a study hall. 
    • Seeking Volunteers:
      • Interested in speaking to Ogden HS Students about your career or journey in the professional world? Sign up for the Career Speaker Series HERE.
      • Read the Quarterly Instructional Newsletter for Ogden HS to find out more about Ogden HS' instructional focus for School Year 2019.
      • Have a few hours to spare in the next week or month? The West Campus main office can use your help with office work. Please reach out to Ms. Melendez at if you are interested.
      • Have fitness equipment you no longer use? Donate it to Ogden HS PE Dept to help redesign the HS  Fitness Room. Email if you have anything to donate.
      • The library is open every Monday-Thursday during lunch and  after school from 3:30-4:30 PM for  students to utilize computers, printers and many other resources.
Athletic Calendar 
Pay Student Fees 
Report an Absence 
Check Student Grades 
Rebecca Bancroft, Acting Principal
Cara Kranz, Head of East Campus, grades K-4
Kishasha Williams-Ford, Head of Jenner Campus, grades 5-8 & preK
Matthew Baker, Head of West Campus, grades 9-12
An Ogden International School education engages a K-12 diverse student body with inquiry-based learning experiences fostering empathy, critical thinking and global mindedness for the world of tomorrow. Ogden International’s globally-recognized IB programmes provide concept-based, academic frameworks, and student centered learning by inquiry grounded in global context and real life situations.
Copyright © 2018 Ogden International School of Chicago, all rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

East Campus (Grades K-4): 
24 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois  60610
Phone: 773.534.8110

Jenner Campus (Grades 5-8 & preK)
1119 N. Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60610
Phone: 773.534.8440

West Campus (Grades 9-12): 
1250 West Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois 60642
Phone: 773.534.0866

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